But one mom's back-to-school photo of her daughter is generating one particular emotion - appreciation.
Mom Hayley Booth has her 4-year old daughter Rachel and her ex-husband Caleb, who is Rachel's dad.
She posted a photo of Rachel walking into school with her, but they aren't the only ones included. The photo also shows the importance of their now extended family, which includes Caleb's new wife and Haley's new boyfriend.
Haley posted the picture on Facebook as a way to show that peaceful co-parenting is possible.
She didn't expect her post to go viral, but it has been shared nearly 30,000 times so far.
In her post, Haley wrote, "Rachel didn't choose to be born, and she certainly never chose for her parents to get divorced. Why would we make her life any harder by making her choose which set of parents to love?"
She added: "It takes a village, and I'm beyond thankful for mine."